Best Shower Head 2017: Dual 2-in-1, Double-Headed & Two-Person Fixtures Reviewed


Dual shower heads are a super popular option right now. They feature a handheld fixture and a traditional shower head in one convenient setup. These combos are easy to install, and they give you a versatile shower experience.

The one downside is that the vast majority of dual shower head/combo models are absolute garbage. They’re gimmicky $20 knock-offs made from cheap plastic and designed appallingly badly.

If you’re interested in a dual model, but want to avoid the garbage options, read on! We’ve rounded up a range of solid, dependable shower head combos.

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Best Dual Shower Head Reviews


  • Peerless 76311SN 3 Function Combo Pack, Satin Nickel
  • Moen 25011SRN Refresh Shower Head Combo Package 2.5 GPM, Brushed Nickel
  • KOHLER R77753-BN Converge 2-In-1 Combo, Vibrant Brushed Nickel
  • Speakman Caspian VS-113014-BN 2.5 GPM
  • Grohe Euphoria Cube 25” Retro-Fit 2-Function Bundle- 2.5 GPM
  • Hansgrohe 27164001 Raindance Connect, Chrome

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1. Peerless 76311SN 3 Function Combo Pack, Satin Nickel

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This Peerless combo set is our least expensive recommendation for a dual shower head. It’s the most affordable model we’ve found by a major plumbing company. This one’s priced with the junky knock-off’s, but it has a more sophisticated design and a real manufacturer’s warranty standing behind it.

As a general rule, we don’t think you should buy any all-plastic fixture unless you’re on a very tight budget. With that said, combos made from mostly metal are fairly expensive. This Peerless set is our recommendation to anyone who can’t spend much on their fixtures.

Pros:

It’s made by an actual company. The vast majority of other dual setups at this price (and all the ones below it) are made by knock-off manufacturers or cheap companies that don’t make any real plumbing fixtures. They’re gimmicky and wastes of money.

The Peerless may be inexpensive, but it’s from a company that also makes high-end fixtures. You can tell the difference in the way the spray heads function, as well as the overall build quality of the pieces.

It looks a lot more expensive than it costs, even if you’d never mistake it for a $300 model. The nickel finish does look like metal, and while it’s certainly light, the whole thing feels sturdy.

It covers all the basics. You get two shower heads, and a diverter bracket. One head is a fixed spray face, which is designed for either overhead use or an angled/horizontal flow. There’s also a handheld fixture which sits in a bracket above the fixed one.

The bracket itself has a diverter valve built in, so you can choose where the water actually comes out. You can run both or one shower heads at any given time. There are lots of options with this one, even though it’s cheap!

You don’t need any additional fittings, since the bracket fits right onto the end of your pipe.

Each of the heads is adjustable, as well. Dials built into the spray faces give you options from a focused massage spray to a gentler rain-like flow.

The Peerless has a surprisingly good hose. It’s not stiff at all, but it still feels rugged. This one won’t last as long as a metal component, but it’s as good as anything else in the budget range. It measures 5 feet in length.

It’s lightweight. The whole assembly weighs only about a pound.

Both fixtures in this package have easy-clean spray faces. They wipe clean of fingerprints and deposits quickly.

It meets 2.5 GPM flow rate standards. Many of the sketchy options at or below this price don’t actually meet water regulations. It also meets building codes, as well as safety standards for plastic and chemical content. That’s certainly not the case with most of the off-brand options we’ve encountered under $50.

It’s covered by a lifetime warranty. And while many other inexpensive models will cite warranty coverage, this one’s offered by a company with a very good reputation for standing behind their products.

Cons:

It’s all plastic. This is certainly sturdier than cheaper knock-off models, but it’s not fair to compare it to a mostly metal or all-metal unit. This one does feel a bit cheap, even if it’s better than other inexpensive options in that regard.

The hose probably won’t last for more than a few years, and the finish isn’t going to hold up as well as a more expensive piece. For the money, though, it’s very good.

There aren’t any finish options to choose from.

2. Moen 25011SRN Refresh Shower Head Combo Package 2.5 GPM, Brushed Nickel

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The Moen Refresh is a step up from the Peerless in every department. It’s more rugged, more versatile, and more user-friendly. It’s made with lots of metal components, so it’ll last you for much longer than an all-plastic fixture.

It’s our top pick in the affordable price bracket! We think it’s the better budget buy for folks who aren’t absolutely strapped.

Pros:

As with the Peerless, you get one fixed shower head, one handheld unit, a hose, and a bracket/valve combo to mount everything.

The bracket includes a 3-position diverter valve, just like the one on the Peerless. You can choose to have either or both of the heads running at any give time. It does a good job distributing the pressure evenly, and there’s not a huge drop in output from each when the other is running simultaneously.

The 4” spray heads give you a bit more coverage than those on the Peerless. As with the cheaper model, the Refresh’s heads are adjustable. There are 5 different settings on each, with everything from massage to rain shower.

Like the Peerless, the Refresh comes with a 5-foot hose. It’s designed to be kink-free, and while it’s not premium, it works quite well. It’s actual stainless steel, while the Peerless’s hose is coated plastic.

The whole thing looks and feels less cheap than the Peerless. The Moen is a mix of brass, plastic, and stainless steel components. It has a better finish, even on the plastic components, and it’s noticeably sturdier.

This one fits right on your pipe as well, with no extra fittings needed.

It meets all current code and usage requirements, with a 2.5 GPM flow rate.

It’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

Cons:

The bracket for the removable head isn’t the most well-designed we’ve seen. It does have to be set at a fairly steep angle to stay in securely. It could be deeper set, but it’s not a huge problem in most setups.

It’s not all metal. Sadly, you won’t find a combo unit made completely from metal components for under $100, or $200 for that matter. Still, the Refresh is made better than anything else in its class.

3. KOHLER R77753-BN Converge 2-In-1 Combo, Vibrant Brushed Nickel

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This Kohler unit costs just a few dollars more than the Moen, and it’s a comparable alternative. This one has the handheld and fixed shower heads integrated into one setup! It’s a unique design that stands out from the rest of the dual shower head pack.

If you like a neat, simple package, this is an affordable choice.

Pros:

It’s a 2-in-1 system, rather than a set of two separate shower heads. The handheld unit actually fits around the set shower head, with a unique magnetic docking system.

The fixed shower head is a 3.75” unit comparable to the ones on the Moen, while the handheld unit is a 6” spray face with the center cut out.

It’s much neater than having two separate shower heads mounted on your wall. It saves space, materials, and bother.

It looks great, too! The Kohler is a totally unique fixture compared to the usual dual shower head on the market. This one is sleek, sophisticated, and modern-looking.

The magnetic docking system works wonderfully. It’s a lot better than dealing with any brackets at this price! The handheld sprayer stays in place, and clicks into its dock right away.

You can use either or both shower heads at a given time, just like with our cheaper picks. That’s via a 3-way valve on the bracket.

It’s nearly as versatile as the Moen. There are 3 spray patterns for each head, and they’re super easy to move through. Instead of sliding a dial, you just push a button to scroll through the selections.

You can also activate all the settings at once for what Kohler calls the “Infinity Spray”. It’s a combination of intense massage, wide rising coverage, and a sort of pulsing current which we can only describe as very relaxing!

The Kohler has a 5-foot, kink-free hose. Nothing to complain about here!

As with the Peerless and Moen options above, it comes with everything you need to get up and running.

It has comparable build quality to the Refresh set above. The hose is all-metal, while the heads and bracket are a mix of metal and plastic.

The spray faces are super easy to clean. They’re from Kohler’s MasterClean lineup–the same as many of the company’s fixtures which cost twice the price!

The finish is scratch-proof, and hardier than the ones on our cheaper picks.

It’s more water-efficient than the Peerless or the Moen. The Kohler uses 1/5 less water, with a flow rate of 2.0 GPM. Having said that, we don’t think you’ll notice any difference in performance!

As with our other picks, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

Cons:

Like the comparably-priced Moen, it has a fair amount of plastic parts. You’ll need to spend significantly more for an all-metal combo.

It’s twice the price of the Peerless, even though it’s still relatively expensive for a dual shower head model.

The button for changing modes is a great feature, but it’s not quite as durable as a sliding adjustment knob.

4. Speakman Caspian VS-113014-BN 2.5 GPM

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This Speakman model is a super popular choice right now. It’s a combo set which includes the company’s best-selling Anystream fixed shower head with a matching hand shower. Both have a timeless look which works with both contemporary and classic decor. This dual shower head set will cost you $50 more than the Kohler or Moen, but it has the build quality and versatility to justify the extra money!

We think it’s the best choice for folks who appreciate versatility, and want lots of spray options.

Pros:

Both shower heads follow Speakman’s Anystream format. The Anystream spray face has 8 different “hubs”, and each has 8 little nozzles inside. So, there are a total of 64 different nozzles on each shower head.

To adjust them, you can spin the adjustment ring through a 360 degree range. The big appeal of the Anystream is that there aren’t a set number of flows to choose from. You can find the one that suits your exact taste on any given day!

There are pretty much infinite options, from a gentle shower to a pulsating massage.

The Speakman Caspian is a bit different from the models we’ve looked at so far: it has a fixed shower head that’s fitted with a diverter valve and hose, plus a handheld shower head that sits in its own bracket.

You get the wall mount bracket for the hand shower in the box. The benefit of having an independent bracket for the hand unit is that you can position it anywhere you want.

That solves a common problem with the other combo units, which can have problems with slipping brackets if you position the fixed shower head at an angle. With the Speakman, you can arrange things however you want, and always be able to get the hand unit securely in its bracket.

You can get it in either nickel or chrome finish. It’s a nicely versatile aesthetic in either finish. we think it works well in both classic and contemporary settings.

It has a solid brass diverter valve. That’s the component that takes the most wear and tear on a daily basis, so solid brass build quality is a big upgrade!

As with the recommendations above, the Speakman comes with a 5-foot hose. It’s entirely made of metal, and matches the finish of the shower heads.

The whole thing is a bit heavier than the Kohler or Moen. That’s because it has more metal parts overall, even if it’s still partially plastic.

Like the Moen and Kohler, you won’t need any extra fittings or components to get up and running.

It has the best reliability record of any semi-plastic dual shower head we’ve seen so far! The only models that beat it are all-metal fixtures like the Hansgrohe below!

It’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

Cons:

Even though the Speakman has some great solid brass components, like the diverter valve, it’s still built with plenty of plastic. That’s a bit disappointing for the price, but sadly par for the course with dual shower heads.

It uses more water than the Kohler, even though it meets the same 2.5 GPM flow rate as our other picks.

Unlike the recommendations above, the Speakman doesn’t allow for both heads to run at the same time.

5. Grohe Euphoria Cube 25” Retro-Fit

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This retro-fit set comes with everything you need to adapt your current valve fittings to a new sliding-bar hand shower and rain shower combo setup! It’s a premium set of fixtures, and it commands a premium price tag. We think the solid metal construction and impeccable functionality are worthy of the investment, though!

If you’re up for installing a shower bar and overhauling your whole setup, this is an excellent choice!

Pros:

It combines a wide, luxurious rain shower head with a high-powered handheld unit for massage and rinse functions:

The rain shower head has a relaxing, gentle spray pattern with big drops. It’s as good a rain shower head as many that go for this price for just one fixture!

The hand unit has an all-purpose, higher-pressure output for massaging sore muscles and running off. It’s perfect for massaging sore muscles or getting a quick rinse.

Both shower heads use Grohe’s excellent Dream Spray spray channel tech. It all get technical quickly, but this essentially boosts your pressure and optimizes the distribution between all the individual spray nozzles on each shower head. So, both make the most of their 2.5 GPM flow rates! They’re immersive and thoroughly relaxing.

It comes with all the equipment you need to install both shower heads on a sliding rail with an extension arm overhead. There’s a hidden pressure balance valve between the fixtures, to keep things consistent as you switch between them.

Having the shower bar gives you all sorts of options for seated and standing showers alike. You can adjust the height of the handheld shower head easily, as well as adjusting the angle and direction of the spray. You can wash your body without getting your hair wet, or get a back massage from the hand shower while you go about your normal shower routine!

It’s all solid metal. The only parts on this assembly that aren’t solid metal are the rubberized spray tips, which you wouldn’t want to be rigid anyway. Everything else is rugged and durable. In terms of build quality, this one absolutely blows away our other recommendations (and anything else on the market).

The finish is superb. It’s scratch and tarnish-resistant to such a degree that this is probably the last shower system you ever need to buy.

Both heads are designed to be mostly self-cleaning. You’ll definitely want to wipe for fingerprints and mold as you would in any shower, but the spray tips are nearly impervious to hard water deposits. Any accumulation that does appear dislodges easily thanks to the flexible spray tips.

One fantastic feature that you don’t see at first glance is the “CoolTouch” tech that Grohe have integrated. It uses cooling channels between the hot water and the outer surface of the fixtures to keep the temperatures on the outside from scalding you. With all-metal systems like this, that’s a huge safety plus.

The diverter valve allows you to use either single shower head, or both concurrently.

It actually has six positions, instead of the three options on most of our other recommendations. For each single fixture setting, as well as the combination mode, there’s a secondary eco option.

The cube-shaped rain shower head and rectangular handheld unit have a funky, modern look. Combined with the bright chrome finish, it’s ideal for the stylish contemporary household.

It works with any existing valve. So, all you need to do is mount the bar and connect to the water supply to get going! Everything’s incredibly simple to install, for such a high-end system.

The Grohe comes with a supply elbow connection which helps angle the hose around your existing valve. That prevents tangles and mishaps.You also have the option to fix the overhead extension arm in place, or keep things loose to swivel it.

As you’d expect, it’s covered by a lifetime warranty. This one also has a flawless track record for long-term performance, so it’s a very solid investment.

Cons:

The Grohe is pretty expensive, especially for the whole setup. We think it’s a good deal given how much you get for your money, but the asking price is still steep for some buyers.

It’s easy to install but does require some modifications to your shower wall and plumbing. This is definitely not something renters should buy. If you’re looking for something to simply attach to your existing shower pipe, this isn’t for you.


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